When embarking last Friday, I learnt I would be spending the week with the entertaining team!
I’d be lying if I said I was not happy and slightly excited about that new job. There is nothing extraordinary about it but the idea of being the fun happy face who welcomes the passengers pleased me quite a lot!
There would be the cinema theaters to take care of, the kids activities with coloring contests, the “scrap-cooking” animation, the staff fashioned show to organize /and be part of (double girly smiley!), the welcoming sangria to serve… etc. And I get to do some announcements! On the public announcement system! I mean, come on…!
What it felt like after a several days…
Let’s be honest, I love it! First, it helped me know my way on the ship much better. Knowing my “geography” made me self-reliant. I also like the fact to be part of a team but with an independent role. As long as the tasks are done I don’t need to refer to my supervisor.
On the first day I understood why everyone said “animation” was a hideout. It seemed pretty quiet and relax. I realized later there are plenty of little activities to take care of – you have to be available for and mindful of passengers constantly! You are one of the people who greet and welcome them on board, at the cinema, at the restaurant, while showing them the safety procedures, assist them on their way out (when they get all stressed out and lost!)… But you’ll be the one they recognize, and your face becomes the one of a helping friend. I love the connection more than anything. I own the place baby!!
Last day, 9:30pm
After 7 days of long days of work, I still have a bit of energy to take off my uniform, put on a jumper, walk up back to the outside deck. It is the last night on board. Tomorrow morning we’ll be back home. Out there I find myself absorbed in a new universe – it’s not completely dark yet. It is mysterious. We left the English coast 1 hour ago. The tranquil sea is “une mer d’huile” (a sea of oil). The engines are off (slow night crossing), the water is just one shade darker than the sky. The air is fresh but not cold.
Just for this one particular moment of pure serenity and artful simplistic vision, I love my job! Out there, out of the AC, out of the garages on the lower decks, out of hustle and bustle of the restaurant. Out there, there is a special world, made of a magic air and new tones. My eyes’ auto-focus barely function anymore. I feel under a spell.